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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

I would say it is perfectly fine. However, the "pride" that the members of the LGBTQ+ community want to express is not "pride" in its usual meaning. They are not "proud", ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Hard determinism does not entail that your love is a chemical reaction in your brain. Hard determinism is roughly the view that : For every event, E2, there is another event, E1, that precedes E2 ...
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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

Pride is an emotion. It is irrational to expect rationality from emotions.
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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

Being proud of your sexual orientation or gender only works when the opposite is expected. Pride started at a time where LGBT+ people were expected to feel shame. Starting as a kid from parents, ...
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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

The simple answer, or rather response, to your question is that such words are being used simply as a slogan, a political statement. There is utterly no connection to philosophy, or any philosophical ...
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Is the simulation of emotional states equivalent to actually experiencing emotions?

Different schools of thought within the philosophy of mind would answer your question differently. I will try to describe the answer that each position implies, based on the information from the two ...
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What, if anything, is the flaw in SMBC's "happiness-3" comic?

There is no contradiction. Imagine a hypothetical scenario, not in the "perfect-life machine," where you are ecstatically happy for real-world reasons. Perhaps you are witnessing the birth ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

If hard determinism is correct then there is no other option so "true" love would be defined as you having the moments you've had and experiencing the corresponding chemical response that you have.
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Can happiness be purely a state of mind?

Well, I'd say that fits Buddhism, where not happiness in the sense of getting what you want, but Bliss rooted in understanding the true nature of things, is the fruit of meditation and cultivating the ...
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Can happiness be purely a state of mind?

It would depend on how you define "happiness". If "happiness" is "absence of suffering", then Buddhism (there are many, many forms!) would generally say that cultivating ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

This answer is almost entirely opinion, if it will be permitted. Whose morals, whose ethics, whose values do you believe should be passed down to children, taught to them? Should the government just ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

The usual question is whether free will is possible under hard determinism. However, love, particularly romantic love as conceived in the western culture, certainly is not construed as an act of free ...
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Is it “irrational” for your emotions to not cohere with evidence?

The question of rationality vs. irrationality is about how one thinks (and in some cases, also how one behaves). Emotions, on the other hand, are about how one feels. For that reason, I don't believe ...
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If all of us are going to die one day why should we care about the feelings and emotions of others?

Even animals care for their young ones (their feelings and emotions also). This is an already-installed quality in most living things. Haven't you seen mother birds hatching their eggs? Will they ...
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Is reductionism in conflict with our sense of awe and wonder?

In his "Lecture on Ethics" Wittgenstein makes some similar points about wonder and miracles, first defining miracles: Let me first consider, again, our first experience of wondering at the ...
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How can a person truly love another if hard determinism is true?

Love is a word we have created for an experience or a set of emotions related to something or someone. It is just a word to describe the experience of this cocktail of emotions. The word in itself ...
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Can philosophy say that "love" doesn't exist?

Well, one might say 'Love is just a word' (YT). However, deepities aside, to take an analytical and linguistic approach to answering the question, the term 'love' is polysemous. It has multiple ...
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What, if anything, is the flaw in SMBC's "happiness-3" comic?

I think the reasoning of the comic is actually pretty air-tight. Boredom is a mental experience, and such a machine should thus have control of this mental experience, including the control to stop ...
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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

A similar issue arose a few years ago when the president of Smith College used the phrase "all lives matter" in a public speech. Some students subsequently protested, arguing that the phrase ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

It's hard to find spot-on literature. This is connected with what you are interested in : BEHAVIORIST THOUGHT EXPERIMENT Possibly if we had absolute control over food, sex, shelter, if we had ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

Consider Plato's idea for how (Guardian) children ought to be raised in the kallipolis and all the objections Socrates' interlocutors find with it. Without a nuclear family, Plato thinks children ...
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Is it rational for heterosexuals to be proud that they were born heterosexual?

Independent of adjectives, such as acceptable or rational, the human children of alloparenting apes apparently feel pride and shame in their respective personal drama. If the biological end or goal of ...
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For a political ruler is it better to be loved or feared?

The question was made famous by Machiavelli's Prince, where he also provided the answer: "The answer is that one would like to be both one and the other; but because it is difficult to combine them,...
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Would we choose to become psychopaths if we could?

We could but it would not be beneficial for the species First of all, empathy and other social functions exists among other mammals (dogs, wolves, horses, all kind of apes etc ...) . Why have they ...
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Does enlightenment mean loss of all emotions?

If enlightenment had such a meaning, all the enlightened persons would sit in some corner without doing anything. But enlightened persons realize the truth about this material world. Many ...
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Did Aquinas or Aristotle discuss what happens to the man when he feels bored?

There could be difficulty in finding precise comments by both Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas on 'boredom', as generally conceived as "being weary due to being unoccupied or lacking interest in one's ...
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Can happiness be purely a state of mind?

Happiness as a self-induced state of mind regardless of circumstance is the end goal of the Buddhist path as stated repeatedly in the Pali Suttas of Buddhism. The simile of the saw states this in no ...
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Is it “irrational” for your emotions to not cohere with evidence?

A phobia is (in part) defined as an irrational fear, so "irrational" is certainly used to refer to emotions that are not warranted by the situation. Trying to reason oneself out of ...
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What, if anything, is the flaw in SMBC's "happiness-3" comic?

I think the comic is making a subtle equivocation. The starting premise of a happiness machine I take to be this: Happiness is a feeling produced by a chemical state in our brain. Therefore, by ...
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Is reductionism in conflict with our sense of awe and wonder?

You are talking not about science but the faith of determinism. In the deterministic mindset, everything is made up merely of the physical interaction of objects, which can be subjected to experiments,...
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